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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Deadlock on large numbers of processors
From: Brock Palen (brockp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-12-05 15:50:29

OpenMPI has differnt eager limits for all the network types, on your
system run:

ompi_info --param btl all

and look for the eager_limits
You can set these values to 0 using the syntax I showed you before.
That would disable eager messages.
There might be a better way to disable eager messages.
Not sure why you would want to disable them, they are there for

Maybe you would still see a deadlock if every message was below the
threshold. I think there is a limit of the number of eager messages a
receving cpus will accept. Not sure about that though. I still kind
of doubt it though.

Try tweaking your buffer sizes, make the openib btl eager limit the
same as shared memory. and see if you get locks up between hosts and
not just shared memory.

Brock Palen
Center for Advanced Computing

On Dec 5, 2008, at 2:10 PM, Justin wrote:

> Thank you for this info. I should add that our code tends to post
> a lot of sends prior to the other side posting receives. This
> causes a lot of unexpected messages to exist. Our code explicitly
> matches up all tags and processors (that is we do not use MPI wild
> cards). If we had a dead lock I would think we would see it
> regardless of weather or not we cross the roundevous threshold. I
> guess one way to test this would be to to set this threshold to 0.
> If it then dead locks we would likely be able to track down the
> deadlock. Are there any other parameters we can send mpi that will
> turn off buffering?
> Thanks,
> Justin
> Brock Palen wrote:
>> When ever this happens we found the code to have a deadlock.
>> users never saw it until they cross the eager->roundevous threshold.
>> Yes you can disable shared memory with:
>> mpirun --mca btl ^sm
>> Or you can try increasing the eager limit.
>> ompi_info --param btl sm
>> MCA btl: parameter "btl_sm_eager_limit" (current value:
>> "4096")
>> You can modify this limit at run time, I think (can't test it
>> right now) it is just:
>> mpirun --mca btl_sm_eager_limit 40960
>> I think you can also in tweaking these values use env Vars in
>> place of putting it all in the mpirun line:
>> export OMPI_MCA_btl_sm_eager_limit=40960
>> See:
>> Brock Palen
>> Center for Advanced Computing
>> brockp_at_[hidden]
>> (734)936-1985
>> On Dec 5, 2008, at 12:22 PM, Justin wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> We are currently using OpenMPI 1.3 on Ranger for large processor
>>> jobs (8K+). Our code appears to be occasionally deadlocking at
>>> random within point to point communication (see stacktrace
>>> below). This code has been tested on many different MPI versions
>>> and as far as we know it does not contain a deadlock. However,
>>> in the past we have ran into problems with shared memory
>>> optimizations within MPI causing deadlocks. We can usually avoid
>>> these by setting a few environment variables to either increase
>>> the size of shared memory buffers or disable shared memory
>>> optimizations all together. Does OpenMPI have any known
>>> deadlocks that might be causing our deadlocks? If are there any
>>> work arounds? Also how do we disable shared memory within OpenMPI?
>>> Here is an example of where processors are hanging:
>>> #0 0x00002b2df3522683 in mca_btl_sm_component_progress () from /
>>> opt/apps/intel10_1/openmpi/1.3/lib/openmpi/
>>> #1 0x00002b2df2cb46bf in mca_bml_r2_progress () from /opt/apps/
>>> intel10_1/openmpi/1.3/lib/openmpi/
>>> #2 0x00002b2df0032ea4 in opal_progress () from /opt/apps/
>>> intel10_1/openmpi/1.3/lib/
>>> #3 0x00002b2ded0d7622 in ompi_request_default_wait_some () from /
>>> opt/apps/intel10_1/openmpi/1.3//lib/
>>> #4 0x00002b2ded109e34 in PMPI_Waitsome () from /opt/apps/
>>> intel10_1/openmpi/1.3//lib/
>>> Thanks,
>>> Justin
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